How to Delete/Uninstall Garageband?

If you’re not a regular user of Apple’s star Digital audio workstation – GarageBand, or if you have simply moved your audio editing headquarters to another software want some free space, you might be looking for ways to get delete/uninstall GarageBand from your Mac, whatever the reason is, we are here to help.

In order to empty up some precious memory space, while you can simply get rid of the app by dragging and dropping it to your trash bin, there might be a number of separate folders with executable and associated resources for the app. 

Also Read – Our guide on downloading Garageband for Windows PC, if not on your Mac, why not on your PC, right haha?

If these are small files it will hardly make a difference but these could also be a bundle of large useless files that take up space in your system. If you really wish to get rid of GarageBand, you must delete these extra folders too, in this article we shall discuss how you can uninstall GarageBand and get rid of its associated resources:

Before Uninstalling

Before uninstalling the app, you have to make sure that it is not currently running in your system. To do that, log in your laptop with an administrator account and shut down GarageBand if it is running:

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  1. Look for the GarageBand icon in the dock.
  2. Right-click over the icon.
  3. Tap on QUIT, done.

Further, you can go to the Applications folder, select Utilities and access the Activity Monitor from there to close any background process related to GarageBand.

Uninstalling GarageBand – The Process

Steps to Delete/ Uninstall GarageBand

Method 1-

  • Open Finder.
  • Select Applications from the window on the left side
  • Find GarageBand and then drag it to the Trash icon at the bottom of the screen
  • Alternatively, you can right-click on the GarageBand icon and tap on ‘Move to Trash’
  • Empty the trash folder (right-click on its icon and select ‘Empty Trash’ option)

Method 2-

  • Open Launchpad
  • Type and search for GarageBand in the search bar.
  • Click and hold on the GarageBand icon, a small cross should appear at the top left of the icon
  • Tap on that X and select Delete on the window that pops up

How to Delete accompanying files:

While deleting the main app on Mac takes care of major part, there may be some accompanying files that may be leftover even from applications like GarageBand. Most of these will be found in folders named Library. Additionally, some files like login items or kernel extensions may be scattered around the system. To get rid of these :

  • Open the Finder.
  • Select Go from the Menu bar and click on the ‘Go to folder’ option.
  • Type in /Library/ and hit ENTER.

Now open each of the following folders and search for GarageBand files. For each GarageBand file, right-click on the file and ‘Move to trash:

/Library

/Library/Caches

/Library/Preferences

/Library/Application Support

/Library/LaunchAgents

/Library/LaunchDaemons

/Library/PreferencePanes

/Library/StartupItems

Deleting these extra files can be a long and tedious procedure, and they don’t do your system any harm if you let them be, so you can skip this procedure if you don’t want to clear up all space possible. Only for desperate times!

How to delete GarageBand from iPhone and iPad:

  • Locate the GarageBand app on your device.
  • Tap and hold the GarageBand icon until a small cross appears at the top left of the icon.
  • Now tap on the X.
  • A confirmation window will pop up. Select Delete and the app will be uninstalled from your iPhone/ iPad!

Hope this helped, for any doubts and queries, hit us in the comment section or send us an email!